Parish Council OK's demolition for house in Tillman Park

During Monday night's council meeting Tangipahoa Parish Council members gave the go ahead to start demolishing neglected, vacant houses just outside Hammond in the Tillman Park area. Lot 16 in block three of Tillman Park was the first approved for demolition Monday night.

Owner Hattie Holmes told council members Monday night that she did not understand the notice she received by certified mail. The council voted recently to demolish the home once the property owner had been properly notified. "Several buildings in the area are in bad shape," Holmes noted. "We are addressing those now," Parish President Gordon Burgess said. "The parish is exploring other properties in the area that need cleaning up," Burgess added. Building Inspector Andy Currier examined the house and deemed it unsafe, Terrance Stewart of the parish's Environmental Services explained to council members during the meeting.

Council Attorney Clifton Speed explained to council members that if the parish demolishes and cleans up the property, a lien for the cost plus up to five times the cost will be attached to the property as a lien. "However, Holmes has the option to demolish the building and clean up the lot herself within 10 days," Speed said. Holmes told council members that she wouldn't be able to do the project herself and asked for an estimate of the cost. "The last one the parish did was about $10,000," Stewart said. Holmes objected to the price, saying that only the front of the building is still standing.

Council members voted unanimously to demolish the structure or contract with another company to perform the job.

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